Disclosure: Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. Just so you know, my experience at The Sorting Room was complimentary.
The Sorting Room restaurant is located in The Parkgate Hotel on Westgate Street in Cardiff, a grand property that was once a Post Office. The Parkgate Hotel also comes with a prime postcode in the city centre on the doorstep of the Principality Stadium and a 5 minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station.
The Ambience | The Sorting Room
The Sorting Room has a tastefully designed interior, there’s hints of the building’s previous life with the wood panelling, copper bar and lighting fixtures. The rich tones and lower light levels creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere, and the setting probably wouldn’t look out of place in the Big Apple.
The Parkgate Hotel is part of The Celtic Collection, the umbrella brand behind The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, so the inclusion of many quality Welsh producers on The Sorting Room’s menu is a common thread, name checking places like Monmouthshire and Brecon, renowned for their natural beauty.
The First Course | The Sorting Room Menu
Your first course is split between two options, a traditional starter dish or Artisan cured meats from Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire, which you could weigh up with an appetiser in the form of Artisan bread from Abergavenny.
Starter dishes include The Sorting Room Salad (with Welsh blue cheese), Welsh Coastal Fish Cake and a Monmouthshire Reared Pork Scotch Egg with a Brecon vodka Bloody Mary sauce. The cured meats has three choices – beef, ham and lamb, or a Meat Board which presumably is a mix of all three and could be a great sharer option.
The Main Course | The Sorting Room Menu
Rack of Brecon Lamb is one of ten main dishes on The Sorting Room’s menu, five of which are red meat, with Welsh beef being the star of the show. There’s a Beef Wellington, Thirty-Five Day Dry Aged Tomahawk or Rump and a Braised Beef and Ale Pie.
Alternatively there’s a Chicken Breast with Teriyaki marinade, a Moroccan Roasted Salmon Fillet or three vegetarian options and one vegan, although the Spiced Pumpkin Risotto can be also be made vegan.
To accompany the main dishes there’s a selection of potatoes (including buttery mashed potato and sweet potato fries), vegetables and sauces.
The Dessert Course | The Sorting Room Menu
The dessert course contains a few classic favourites like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Textures of Chocolate with hot chocolate sauce. The Paris-Brest is both elegant and indulgent with its Chantilly cream filling and gold leaf decoration.
The wine menu is extensive with bottles imported from across the globe, as well as from just down the road from White Castle Vineyard.
The Parkgate Hotel and Sorting Room restaurant opened in October 2021 and makes a stunning addition to Cardiff’s food offerings. An À La Carte dinner with a glass of wine will cost you about £70 per person, and if you plan to visit the capital during Christmas 2021 they will be offering a set festive dining menu of three courses for £60 per person.
Top places to visit near The Parkgate Hotel
- The Principality Stadium – for rugby and football matches or concerts
- Morgan Quarter – independent shops in a Victorian arcade
- St David’s Dewi Sant Shopping Centre – containing a mix of designer boutiques and High Street staples
- Cardiff Castle – thousands of years of history with furnished rooms to explore
- National Museum Cardiff – home to tonnes of natural history and an Art Gallery